Situation-specific assessment of sexual harassment
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Although empirical investigations into the phenomenon of sexual harassment have increased exponentially over the past decade, many basic questions about the measurement of this construct remain unanswered. Most research has utilized an aggregate-level approach, which assesses the frequency of all offensive sex-related behaviors experienced by an individual within a given time period. However, this approach has several limitations, including obscuring the etiology and impact of separate harassment incidents on a particular individual. Consequently, in the present study, a situation-specific approach to the measurement of sexual harassment experiences, the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire - Specific Experience version (SEQ-SE), was evaluated. Results of confirmatory factor analysis suggested that the measure has adequate construct validity. In addition, the substantive information yielded by this measure indicated that it is an important tool in the investigation of the prevalence and correlates of sexual harassment experiences. 2001 Academic Press.